NEWS DESK

There are lots of things happening in the village so please see the Events and Activities page.

Oldbury on Severn Wellbeing Drop in

Have your say - review of polling districts & polling places

Parish Police Footsteps

Oldbury Power Station Silt Lagoon - Public Consultation

Next Tuesday 5th September there is a drop in consultation event about Oldbury Power Station’s Silt Lagoon 3, from 4.30pm to 8pm at The Memorial Hall, Camp Road, Oldbury on Severn, BS35 1PR.

Please come along to see the proposals for the Oldbury’s Site Silt Lagoon 3 and have your say on its future. Everyone is welcome.

Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board - Public Consultation

The memorial Hall and WW1

Happy Parent, Happy Child

KNUS Mental Health Peer Support

Carers Breaks Service

                                                                                                           Carers Breaks Service

We’re looking for volunteers to join our team of ‘sitters’ to support the Carers Breaks Service in South Gloucestershire.

If you or someone you know lives in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire or Bath and could give up 2 to 3 hours per week (during a weekday, daytime) and can commit to volunteering for at least one year, then this opportunity could be for you! 

This service is great because it benefits the carer, the cared-for person and the volunteer: 

  • For carers, it provides a much-needed break. Many carers use this time to meet friends, go shopping, attend a fitness class or even get a pedicure. This service can be the only chance they get to take a break from their caring responsibilities, giving them an important opportunity to recharge their batteries.
  • For the cared-for person, it offers an opportunity to talk to someone new, in the comfort of their own home environment. At some ‘sits’, the volunteer and the cared-for person play board games, read together, watch TV or look at old photographs. 
  • For volunteers, the list of benefits is almost endless! For some who were carers, it’s the chance to give something back and support people who are still carers. For others, it’s the opportunity to meet new people.

You don’t need to have experience as a carer (or of working in the health or social sector) for this role as the Carers Support Centre provide training for all our new volunteers and offer workshops on various topics throughout the year.

If you or someone you know would like to find out more, please contact Marilyn Crump (Volunteer Co-ordinator) on 07840 818 316 or MarilynC@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

Forestry Tasters for Young People

Morton Drop + Collect

Dear Community Engagement Forum Members, SGC Councillors, Town and Parish Clerks and their Councillors,

We’re writing to let you know about a new lighter format Post Office branch we will be trialling in your area.

For further information please visit our Consultation Hub via the link below:
Consultation Hub – Morton Drop + Collect BS35 1AD

It would be helpful if you could share this link through your social media channels and with any local groups or organizations within the community to help our customers and your constituents understand what is happening.

Customer information materials will also be available at the premises of the new Post Office branch.

Bereavement Peer Support Training For Residents

I am pleased to inform you that The STAR Bereavement Peer Support Training Programme has received funding to continue delivering the STAR Training the Trainers course over the next 6 months. The Training is offered FREE to anybody living/working in Bristol, North Somerset & South Glos (BNSSG).

Here are the start dates for the STAR Training the Trainers Course, which is delivered via Zoom, and consists of 4 modules each delivered as a 2-hour workshop over a four-week period. (same time each week for 4 weeks):

  • Wednesday 3rd May, 10am-12noon (ends on 24th May)
  • Thursday 4thMay, 6pm-8pm (ends on 25th May)
  • Wednesday 5thJuly, 10am-12noon (ends on 26th July)
  • Thursday 6thJuly, 6pm-8pm (ends on 27th July)

Supported by ‘Connecting Communities’ (under the umbrella of Age UK Bristol) and based on the STAR model, this free training guides local residents and community workers through the process of setting up their own bereavement peer-support group in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. These groups will be resident-led, self-sustaining, free of charge and open to anyone aged 18 or over.

Please can you help to share this information far and wide in order to spread the word across these areas and engage interest from ‘enablers’ (i.e. community workers, outreach workers, ‘go-getters’ – motivated residents).

Support available

We are offering a free training programme to guide people through the process of setting up their own bereavement peer-support group in a way that is sustainable and does not rely on funding, using an Asset Based Community Development approach (ABCD).

The training is based on the successful model of the STAR (Share, Talk and Remember) bereavement peer-support group in Stockwood in Bristol which provides free support for people grieving from a bereavement or difficult transition in their life. The course will be delivered by Jan Perry, STAR Network Manager & Freelance Trainer.

The training will embed the core principles of the original STAR group and ultimately help to create a network of STAR bereavement peer-support groups which are self-sustaining, have strong foundations and are led by local residents.

The course is particularly aimed at local residents who are interested in setting up a bereavement peer-support group in their local neighbourhood and community workers who can support them with this. Please do share this opportunity with anyone who may be interested.

To find out more about the training and to make a booking, please select the following link which will take you to the STAR Website training page:

STAR Training | STARs Connectinghttps://www.starsconnecting.com/training 

Charfield Station

Dear Community Engagement Forum Members, SGC Councillors, Town and Parish Clerks and their Councillors,

We are pleased to announce plans for a train station in Charfield have been granted planning consent.

The new station will be located adjacent to the former station site off Station Road and will include two platforms serving north and southbound journeys, a pedestrian footbridge, a bus stop, covered cycle parking, and car parking.

A new station in Charfield will:

  • improve access to jobs, education and a range of services and facilities
  • have at least one train every hour in each direction
  • help reduce congestion on key roads
  • support the recovery of the wider economy
  • improve transport links to Bristol North Fringe, Bristol City Centre, Filton Enterprise Area, Temple Quay Enterprise Zone, Yate and Gloucester
  • help achieve carbon neutrality in our area by 2030

Now planning permission has been secured work will progress on detailed designs for the station and highways improvements. Once these are complete a full business case and a request for funding will be submitted to the West of England Combined Authority.

A new project programme will be shared later in the year. 

Further information

For updates on the project please sign up to our project newsletter, which you can do by visiting our webpage. This newsletter will be used to update residents and other stakeholders on the project as it progresses.

We would also encourage you to like and follow the council’s Facebook page or Twitter account.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the project team via CharfieldStation@southglos.gov.uk

Shepperdine Road - Temporary Road Closure

Local and Financial Support

Featherbed Lane - Temporary Road Closure

Kington Road - Temporary Road Closure

Know Your Place and the Community Layer

Financial Support for Pension-age Residents

Green Space for Everyone

We developed a Green Infrastructure Strategy in 2021. Part of that was an Equalities Impact Assessment to think about how different people have different experiences of green space.

We don’t know enough about how you use and think about green spaces so we want to ask some questions.

Download it here

A new survey from Avon Fire & Rescue

Dear Sir/Madam,

As you serve our communities as a part of your Parish Council, we thought you might like to read about our proposals for our latest Service Plan, and encourage local residents to do the same by filling out our online survey, available to all local people to complete.

Our seven-week public consultation on our Service Plan Proposals 2022–25 will run until 18 February.

The Proposals outline our vision for the future of Avon Fire & Rescue Service in preventing, protecting and responding to the fire and rescue related risks and needs of our local communities.

We believe our Service Plan Proposals consider a robust strategic risk profile of our operational area up until 2025, aligned to the changing environment and demanding financial and political climate we continue to face. We need your help! We want the views of our communities and kindly ask you to read our draft proposals and tell us what you think about it by completing a survey.

The online consultation survey, where you can also download and read our Service Plan Proposals 2022–25, can be accessed here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W2VL9LG.  Alternatively, if you need the proposals or consultation in another format please call 0117 926 2061 or email Consultation@avonfire.gov.uk.

Mick Crennell, Chief Fire Officer for AF&RS said: “Avon Fire & Rescue Service exists to serve our local communities and everything we do is aimed at making our area a better place for all who live and work here. We are asking for local people’s views on our proposed commitments to keep our local communities safe and our plans to match our resources to manage, prevent and protect the public from identified risks.

“The proposals and any feedback you provide will then inform our Service Plan, which is our contract with our staff, our partners and the local communities we serve, to the service we’ll work to achieve over the next five years. If you agree with our planning approach and the priorities we’ve outlined, we want to hear from you. If you disagree or feel something has been overlooked, tell us, we want to hear from you.  Have your say on the future of your fire service now.”

Together through the commitments laid out within these proposals, we will continue to work together to make our communities safer and make our Service stronger. 

We welcome your views on our proposals and look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer drivers wanted

Temporary Power Station Road closures

South Gloucestershire - Works4Youth

South Gloucestershire - Free Business Support

Free business training and advice to help your business start, grow and thrive.

Download leaflet here.

CrimeStoppers campaign

CrimeStoppers have announced a new campaign to fight rural crime. Full details can be found at: 

Rural crime | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org)

A new poster and an accompanying leaflet are now available to download.